MUMBAI: Virtually half the highest 500 listed corporations are but to adjust to the Sebi rule on splitting the roles of the chairperson and managing director.

The brand new rule based mostly on the suggestions of the Uday Kotak committee on company governance might be efficient from April 1. This stipulates that the chairperson of the board ought to be a non-executive director and shouldn’t be associated to the managing director or CEO. It doesn’t apply to corporations that don’t have identifiable promoters as per the shareholding sample.


In response to knowledge compiled by nseinfobase.com, the chairperson has an govt position in 213 corporations, whereas the chairman can also be MD or CEO in 161 of them, together with RIL, Hindustan Unilever, ONGC, Coal India, NTPC, Bharat Petroleum Corp and Energy Grid Corp.

HUL will break up the position to adjust to the rule, ET reported on December 28. The chairman is expounded to both the MD or CEO in 79 corporations, together with Bajaj Finserv, Bajaj Auto, Adani Port, Shree Cement, UPL and Lupin.


The rule varies globally. Sebi’s view is that separation of powers supplies a extra balanced governance construction, enabling efficient supervision.

“What’s inflicting anxiousness is making the emotional enterprise resolution of selecting the chairman and managing director from amongst totally different relations,” stated Amit Tandon, founder and managing director, Institutional Investor Advisory Providers. “Within the UK, this break up is for all sensible functions, necessary. Within the US, there was a gradual shift up to now one decade and about 53% of S&P 500 corporations have break up the 2 roles.”

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Sebi chairman Ajay Tyagi stated in November that corporations had been given adequate time to adjust to the requirement.

The rules “had been notified in Might 2018 and we made them relevant from April 2020. The concept was to make folks perceive and plan for it”, Tyagi stated. “I agree with the argument that this may occasionally not remedy it (company governance points), however that doesn’t imply that you’ll not attempt to remedy it.”

A Wipro spokesperson stated the corporate will adjust to all relevant regulatory norms. A Bharti Airtel spokesperson stated, “As a accountable company, we now have all the time been and might be compliant with all rules.”

Reliance Industries, SBI, HUL, Bajaj Finserv and Coal India didn’t reply to queries.

“Most promoters have for lengthy handled their corporations as proprietary companies, with all powers (and most good points) concentrated within the household,” stated Prithvi Haldea, chairman of Prime Database. “It has been discovered worldwide that focus of those two roles in a single particular person or in a single household has led to poor governance. Although not related, I concern that slowing of the economic system is getting used as a strain level to put off, or at the least postpone, this regulation.” Nevertheless, the position of chairman might be rather more accountable going ahead, Haldea stated.